Seventy percent of the human body is comprised of water. This makes drinking water quality vital. The EPA estimates the average adult consumes 1.2 liters daily or 115 gallons of community (tap) water daily while the average consumption of bottled water per capita in the U.S. is in excess of 30.8 gallons per year and is expected to continue to increase according to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and the Beverage Marketing Association’s 2013 report. Bottled water costs anywhere from 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon than the average cost of tap, but people’s perception that bottled water is purer, safer or healthier is driven, in part, by strong bottled water marketing campaigns that focus on news reports about crises that involve municipal water supplies. (NRDC, “Bottled Water Pure Drink or Pure Hype”) The sources for both tap and bottled waters as well as additives to either enrich or neutralize contents of water determine the mineral and chemical composition of drinking water. Is bottled water really any purer or healthier than local tap water?
Did you know that 25 percent of bottled water is actually just tap?2 While drinking bottled water takes up landfills and causes pollution, tap water is good for the environment, and little waste is made. Using tap water is better than using bottled water.
The controversy of bottled water verse tap water can be argued on both sides. However, tap water is the better alternative in the long run. Some may say there is a distinct taste difference between the two, yet most can't tell. In a college classroom, a group of students completed an experiment where they tasted a variety of waters: Great Value, Zephyrhills, and tap water. Most students guessed incorrectly, not tasting a difference (Combass). Although people have concerns with tap water, it is the most convenient. Not only is tap water cheaper, it is the safest source that positively impacts our environment.
Lastly, bottled water comes with some environmental issues as well. There are many different reasons why people around the world buy bottles of water instead of using their tap water right at home from their kitchen sink. Many people use bottled water because of the rumor that bottled water is safer than tap water. Some people use bottled water because they do not like the smell of tap water, or we can use Flint Michigan as an example by saying that some people purchase because of contamination issues. There is no debate because pollution and
They make us believe that bottled water is safer but in reality it is actually inadequate for us. Plastic gets into the water that the bottle is holding, which the chemicals that they are using to make the bottles have been said to cause cancer. Tap water is not the best either because the
Water is an important source in this world and it is a source that all of us humans need. Without water we wouldn’t be living today. Water comes in many different ways but the most common and the most talked about topic is, Bottled Water or Tap Water? There are many debates on which type of water is safer, better in taste, and what is more convenient. The question is usually what tastes better. I read in the article “is tap water as safe as bottled water?” “Tap water and bottled water are generally comparable in terms of safety. So the choice of tap or bottled is mostly a matter of personal preference.” (Zeratsky) I completely agree with this statement. Everyone has his or her own opinions.
One of the biggest harms to the world is pollution caused by people. Most of the plastic materials used by people are left to pollute. Bottled water is one of the biggest plastic materials produced. Some people say that bottled water is safer, convenient, and provide jobs to workers in many ways. The reasons for buying bottled water differ. Some people buy bottled water because they don’t like the taste or smell of tap water, while others on the other hand buy it because of health concerns with water contamination. Pollution is one of the biggest problems hurting the environment today, and water bottles that are thrown out after each one-time use, contribute greatly to its increasing buildup. Bottled water is not only expensive to us, but also to the environment. Bottled water is hurting the economy, harming human lives, and damaging the environment.
In Flint, Michigan around a couple years ago decided on the worst decision to save money for the state. The state decided to earn money by switching from Detroit's Lake Huron to one of the Rivers most known for its filth, the Flint River. Residents were shocked at the sudden change and started getting worried, this, being long-term residents there it was a fear amoung them . Most were concerned whether it would be safe for the health of everyone due to the fact the the water looked brown until Former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling drank the brown water in front of everyone to prove a point in front local TV. One of them said, “‘You’re paying for poison. I’m paying for water that’s a toxic waste,’ Kelso said” (Ganim, Tran 1) after realizing that
Gleick supports this argument and cites specific grounds that disprove bottled water companies’ false claims. For example oxygenated water is said to “strengthen your immune system…and even brain function” despite scientific testing done proving that a single breath of air contains more oxygen than the product itself (Gleick 118). Next, the author recalls someone who drank nothing but super-hydrating Penta Water, which cost over sixty dollars a case. This costly expense was proven to be futile, because scientific evidence proved that Penta did not have any health benefits superior to those of ordinary water (Gleick 129). Barnett incorporates a qualifier which states that it is difficult to conclude whether bottled or tap water is healthier. However, this does not take away from the fact that the EPA, which regulates municipal water, is more strict than the FDA is with regulation over bottled water. Bottled water companies claim they intensely purify their products despite this evidence. These seemingly astonishing claims mislead consumers who do not possess the knowledge nor the equipment necessary to test the water themselves. Consumers spend money to purchase products that turn out to have no outstanding health benefits. They may additionally put their health at risk by consuming bottled water which may contain pollutants detrimental to the human body.
“In Canada, bottled water consumption was estimated at 24.4 litres per person in 1999. By 2005, that had increased to about 60 litres per person, with sales worth $652.7 million” (CBC News, 2008). This dramatic increase in bottled water consumption does not come without severe repercussions and has caused a chain reaction of unfortunate events. Although easily available and terribly convenient, bottled water negatively effects the environment, is extremely costly, and is composed of contaminants that are unhealthy to consume. The importance of discussing this issue is advantageous because the public is unaware that tap water is more favourable than bottled water. Choosing tap water over
Is the great taste and convenience of bottled water worth the cost of the environmental damages it will cause in years to come? Most would say the cons of bottled water definitely outweigh the pros of bottled water and that everyone should drink tap water out of reusable containers. The answer seems obvious, but it is a simple issue. Bottled water is not worth the cost to the environment, but with some resourceful thinking, bottled water can be exempt from its environmental damages.
If there is bad water in the tap system that tastes awful or is contaminated or tainted, then you would probably turn to bottled water. “Banning or restricting access to bottled water in the marketplace directly impacts the right of people to choose the healthiest beverage on the shelf. And for many, bottled water is a critical alternative to other packaged beverages, which are often less healthy. Bottled water must therefore be available wherever packaged beverages are sold.” Our community would suffer and there would be great conflict if everyone getting the water supply they need. If we ban bottled water then that could significantly impact our economy and our citizens health as a
Many have asked, is bottled water better than tap? Which is better for our health? People have a fascination with bottled water. Somehow, someone decided that tap water was not good for us and along came the idea that bottled water is better. I believe that many of us would agree that the taste of bottled water and the way it provides a more safer way to consume the water we need overrides tap water. As consumers we try to make a safe decision in which water to drink but with all the controversy, which is better? Despite thinking bottled water is the best of the best, bottled water companies have a public system as well, just like tap. As stated in Source two, “ Contrary to what you might hear, the bottled water industry supports a strong public
In these days, people are concerned about what they drink every day and they always pick the right things to drink. People can find many sources of water in everywhere nowadays and they always prefer bottled water for being purified. They abundant tap water because they think that bottled water is much healthier. Companies such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola makes their bottled water looks healthier in their advertisements to get people attentions when they are watching. People have their reasons to choose bottled water over tap water just because of the advertisements that have being featured in televisions with a temptation. Tap water has been avoided when the bottled water can be found almost everywhere. Bottled water is not what people think it